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That's what it wants, the bastard. Right now it's a pair of eyes looking out from a drain while helicopter search lights circle overhead. But they're not panicked eyes, no. They're smug, confident, patient eyes, under a speech bubble reading "SOON..."

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The NHS have been rolling out presentations on the virus for their staff. I know two people who have been on them already, and from the information they've shared it's worse than the media are reporting (possible government media control to stop widespread panic?), and it's going to get worse across April and May. 

They've actually both said that the details that were presented to them have worried them more than when they had similar presentations regarding SARS, Ebola etc.

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in Jersey, a local politician Tweeted out a photo from the emergency planning meeting at the hospital - accidentally including a picture of the slide with the worst case scenario mortality rates on it. So that's fun, and pretty much tells everyone who sees it that we're woefully ill-equipped to deal with it.

I've had a sore throat and dry cough all week, which is nothing new for me, I'm pretty much always run down and under the weather, and at this time of the year everyone in the office has a cold anyway. But now I'm just extremely self-conscious of it, which is weird.

Compounded it by coming to work with a bastard of a hangover this morning. 

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What gets me about it all, is that everyone is jazz handing and their pots are gone, scrambling to buy and wear masks, shops are running out of hand sanitisers which are being pumped by the second, yet on - let's say - Saturday night, some of these very people are going to be hoovering shite up their noses via banknotes of mysterious origin and journey, followed by barebacking strangers and tonguing their bumholes.
Madness.

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1 hour ago, BomberPat said:

in Jersey, a local politician Tweeted out a photo from the emergency planning meeting at the hospital - accidentally including a picture of the slide with the worst case scenario mortality rates on it. So that's fun, and pretty much tells everyone who sees it that we're woefully ill-equipped to deal with it.

The thing is, considering the different forms these viruses can take, the differing effects they can have, along with a million other factors, is there any real way to be equipped for it? Even this one particular type of virus has many strains, doesn't it? How can we expect any government to be prepared for any number of literally millions of possibilities? 

Sometimes it's just the case that when something like this strikes you can't get ahead of it. How could we have planned for this, say, six months ago? It's impossible.

Everyone loves the international world we live in today, where we can all travel and work all over the world, yet when something like this happens we want assurances that it'll all be okay. Well, we can't get those assurances, and while we have the politicians using the virus as a political football, the truth is there's not much we can really do except try to ride it out and get a handle on it as best we can.

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41 minutes ago, David said:

Everyone loves the international world we live in today, where we can all travel and work all over the world

*Stares in brexit*

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1 hour ago, David said:

How could we have planned for this, say, six months ago?

Had an NHS at least capable of dealing with the seasonal flu without being in crisis?

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Just now, johnnyboy said:

Had an NHS at least capable of dealing with the seasonal flu without being in crisis?

Mate, nowhere is prepared for this. Even the much-loved Norway is scrambling. Japan are reported to be providing figures that don't reflect the real impact it's had there either while they try to get a handle on it. 

I know we all love to blame folk for shit, especially the 'Tories, but this is something that no country could have been prepared properly for.

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3 hours ago, BomberPat said:

in Jersey, a local politician Tweeted out a photo from the emergency planning meeting at the hospital - accidentally including a picture of the slide with the worst case scenario mortality rates on it. So that's fun, and pretty much tells everyone who sees it that we're woefully ill-equipped to deal with it.

And even though people took the piss, now you know why Mogg took that photo with a blank notepad on his desk. (He's still a twat though obviously).

 

@SuperBacon was all the prune juice gone as well?

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2 minutes ago, Chest Rockwell said:

And even though people took the piss, now you know why Mogg took that photo with a blank notepad on his desk. (He's still a twat though obviously).

 

@SuperBacon was all the prune juice gone as well?

Told them to keep it out the back for @Thunderplex

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